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Antz

1998 PG 1h 23m DVD

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Antz

1998 PG 1h 23m DVD
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In this animated hit, a neurotic worker ant in love with a rebellious princess rises to unlikely stardom when he switches places with a soldier. Signing up to march in a parade, he ends up instead enlisted to fight against a termite army.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
None, English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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Reviews

age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Antz is an animated comedy that will have lots of appeal for teens and adults, especially for fans of Woody Allen's brand of humor -- ironic social commentary and perpetual worry. However, the action in this film is substantial. It's meant to be exaggerated and funny, but though the victims are ants and other insects, for young or sensitive kids they're relatable characters -- ¿ living, breathing beings with human voices. There are many deaths: great battles occur along with the aftermath on fields covered with bodies (and include a sad deathbed scene of a well-liked ant soldier). The strutting villain tortures two heroes and threatens to drown the entire ant colony; the ants escape the rushing waters with no time to spare. Other characters are blown to smithereens or turned to ash. Two couples flirt, fall in love, and kiss. There's some potty language and swearing ("tight-ass," "hell," "damn," "anus," "crap") and the ants have a local pub in which they drink an intoxicating beverage.

Sexual Content

Some flirtatious behavior with mild innuendo ("I was going to let you be part of my erotic fantasy") and a few kisses.

Violence

Extensive cartoon violence throughout. Ants conduct a pre-emptive war against an army of termites who are huge and shoot acid from their foreheads. Combatants are stabbed, stomped, and massacred. Their lifeless bodies are shown on the remnants of the battlefield. An important character is tortured on camera, his female friend held against her will. Other scenes include: sun rays burning up insects on the ground, falls, an intimidating grasshopper, threats of being crushed by giant tennis shoes, and a sequence in which the entire ant colony narrowly escapes a ranging rush of water.

Language

A few insults --"idiot," "maggot," "tight-ass" -- and some swearing: "damn," "hell," "anus," "crap," "butt." One character inadvertently eats insect poop.

Social Behavior

Very clearly promotes individualism and thinking for yourself. "Be your own ant" and "Make your own choices" are heard repeatedly. Blindly following orders proves to be fatal. Teamwork, a good attitude, and a strong work ethic are also encouraged.

Consumerism

In "Insectopia" a paradise for bugs, we see the remains of garbage: Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Hershey Bars, and a can of Kendall Motor Oil.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Worker ants spend their evenings at a colony bar, drinking an unidentified beverage. One ant is identified as a drunk, and others worry they may have had "too much to drink" upon occasion.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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